The Astral Bears 4th demi Company Collection

This year was set to be my final year of army building after years of investing into projects, some taking years to complete. I thought I had been satisfied with my work after painting my last Imperial army, the Crimson Fists. But, things have changed after the release of the new Space marine Codex and new supplements.

Does this make me a hypocrite for changing my goal of not building anymore armies? Yes and no. Because I’m reusing painted Primaris models to build this project. But on the other hand, yes I broke my own rules because something shiny caught my eye.

I probably shouldn’t be saying things like ‘final army projects’ when it should be obvious that GW knows how to make people like me get stuff. I wanted to move on from army projects and focus on smaller projects, trying to focus more on getting my neglected models painted and placed in existing projects.

This wasn’t a complete failure as I did for awhile focus on existing projects, adding units to various projects like the Iron Warriors project, AoS projects and Night Lords Legion project. I’ve saved a lot of money on being more creative with what I’ve got and getting neglected models painted.

This new project sort of follows on from using neglected models and using them in a new unified faction colour scheme. Using all of my Primaris models (not including the Crimson Fists) I’m making a budget project that is fully Primaris Marines.

As a White Scar fanboy, well the temptation to build a Successor chapter was too good not to miss out on. I’ve always had a keen interest in the V Legion ever since I’ve read their HH book, Scars by Chris Wright. One of the best books for Heresy era lore on the Legion, and what defines them from the rest of the Astarte legions.

Fun fact, my first Space marine project was my own Successor chapter called the Sons of Shiban, which I built a modest collection of fast bikes and aircraft support. You can still see that project in photo in one of my older posts, my first Black Templars post showed what I had collected before being reused for the BT project.

The White Scars supplement was a long and slightly late release since I’d abandoned my successor project years ago. But now I can at least build a new and better army project, reusing all of my Primaris models (not including my Crimson Fists).

After researching the Legion and it’s successor chapters I’ve decide to go with the Astral Bears chapter, a relatively unknown chapter with no official colour scheme or background apart from having won many battles already. This is the perfect chance to create something that’s canonical in the lore but a blank canvas to paint my version of that chapter.

A lot of thinking and testing went behind my initial tests on creating my version of the Astral Bears chapter, figuring out wether I should paint them brown or metallic red. Colours represent the mood or theme that a faction paint their armour in, and I wanted to evoke the pride and cultural connection to the White Scars.

My tests resulted in this outcome.

Using Metalic red enamel spray paint with washed down Contrast Black Templar, the colour scheme is a metalic crimson that shines but not too glossy. It represents the blood spilt by the sacrifices of those before the Primaris stock, the old veterans who protected the Imperium to their last breath. The bear is a ferocious creature who would cause bloodshed to its foes, but protect its kin till the end.

The thunderbolt represents the ‘Astral’ in the chapters name, a bolt of lightning that would strike whenever the Gobi bears of legend come out to hunt. Because there aren’t any bear transfers nor can I do freehand designs consistently, I opted to give them the thunderbolt transfer from the SE.

Lore for my collection is WIP at the moment as they’re an Ultima founding chapter, there’s a lot to think about on the Indomitus Crusade, where the chapter came from, who leads it (that one’s already sorted) and what is the chapters goals in the current timeline.

For now though I have a selection of models that I’ve built and painted that represent the chapters command group.

Chapter Master Chighin ‘Gobi’ Khan

1st Lieutenant Batua Kandakh and 2nd Lieutenant Osmogai Kandakh

Stormseer Kulghu Otorogh

Apothecary Ganzogh J’ungah

4th Company Ancient Ghansukh Ujumm

4th Company Kuglai Khan

Chaplin Khajog Head-taker

That’s all for today, I’ll be back with more updates on this project soon.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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